Death Of A Sales-Man

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Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He is about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy do not respect him and cannot seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family. The story is revealed through Willy's illusions-where much of story is told- so in consideration of the audience, it is possible that the events have not occurred the way they are seen, though the audience has no idea since they are seeing it through Willy's eyes. Willy is so depressed that he does not know what he is doing, he's got bills, insurance, etc to pay and cannot seem to find a way he can do all this. Each week he borrows fifty dollars per week, from Charley, to show his wife that he has a temporary job. He always wanted live the life an "American Dream." That is-in Willy's opinion- to succeed, to be known or well liked. He tells his sons, "be liked and you will never want… Take me, for instance… ‘Willy Loman is here!' That's all it takes, and I go right through." He is also lying to himself and is not able to consent to changes nor is he able to face reality. All this is due to depression, not having a job, his unsuccessful sons Biff and Happy, and the fact that he they do not accept him. Because of all this he has thought of committing suicide few times. Charley offered him a job few times but Willy refuses him perhaps because of his self respect. Linda Loman, Willy's wife, knows about this problems but she does not speak about it because she thinks that it will only make matters worst. Willy fights his depression but at end he commits suicide because he is not able to face reality and always lives in an illusion. He dies in a car accident after all so that Biff will get his insurance money, start a business, and be successful. Death of a Salesman is a story about Willy Loman and his family. The story is revealed through Willy's illusions, which could make it possible that this is not how the events may have happened because we see it through his mind. Willy Loman is a salesman who has lost his job and is on commission.
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